The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Thriller  |  10 April 1993 (USA)
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Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Harper
Marla Harper
Elizabeth Ruscio ...
Verna Heath
Tony Harper
Troy McKinney
C.D. Holloway
Shanna Harper
Detective Helton
Sergeant F.E Blackwell
Shane Harper (as Frederick Koehler)
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Amber Heath
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Jana Arnold ...
Nelly Bly ...


Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the chance to become a cheerleader. When the media get hold of the story, Wanda's trial turns into a media circus. Written by Rob Hartill

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She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.


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Anyuci tutira megy  »

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Someone discusses possibility of an exploding baton, an in-joke reference to gag from director Michael Ritchie's 1975 movie Smile (1975). See more »


Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991. See more »


Marla Harper: I just lost the meanin'.
Terry Harper: Of what?
Marla Harper: Christmas.
Terry Harper: Well, you're lucky you had it for as long as you did.
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Crazy Credits

credits end with "Finally, no spiders or cheerleaders were killed in the making of this movie" See more »


Features Donahue (1967) See more »


Lotsa Reasons
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Arlene Martin (as Arlene Martell)
Arranged by John Miller
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An Acting Masterclass
9 November 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Holly Hunter is just amazing in this true, stranger than fiction, slice of Americana. Regardless of the horrors told here by the underrated Michael Ritchie, the film emerges as one of the funniest black comedies ever made. Holly Hunter deals with the madness of her character in such a completely matter-of-fact fashion that I felt compelled to sit through the movie one more time to make sure I hadn't imagined the whole thing. The second viewing allowed me, not only to confirm what I'd suspected but to discover a million new details in Hunter's performance that flew by me the first time round. You can bet I'll sit through it a third time while I recommend it to you whole heartedly.

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